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Texas school shuns Gideons from campus (September 5, 2017)

9/5/2017 · Students at a Texas elementary school won't be herded to receive Gideon bibles after FFRF sent a warning to the school district over the constitutional violation. It was reported to FFRF that teachers at West Fountain Elementary School in Wichita Falls, Texas, had lined students up … More »

California school expels prayers (August 30, 2017)

8/30/2017 · A California elementary school will no longer be including prayers in its graduation ceremonies after receiving a warning from FFRF. A concerned parent informed FFRF that an elementary graduation ceremony at Blochman Union School District in Santa Maria, Calif., included an invocation and benediction led … More »

FFRF gives Alabama school lesson on law (August 28, 2017)

8/28/2017 · An Alabama school district will not be promoting religious events, thanks to FFRF's involvement. FFRF was informed that Fairview High School in Cullman, Ala., had used its televised morning announcements to advertise a religious event, the "Decide" Youth Rally, which took place in January at … More »

Virginia school division ceases staff prayers (August 28, 2017)

8/28/2017 · A Virginia school division in Smithfield will no longer include prayer in its mandatory employee convocations. It was reported to FFRF that every year at the Isle of Wight County School Division convocations, a guest speaker would lead the staff in a Christian prayer. At the … More »

South Carolina transit to run on ‘Good Friday’ (August 25, 2017)

8/25/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, a South Carolina transit system will be up and running on Good Friday. It was reported to FFRF that the Spartanburg Area Transit System in South Carolina did not run on the Christian holy day, Good Friday, on April 14. FFRF's Legal Director … More »

Ohio school won’t teach creationism anymore (August 24, 2017)

8/24/2017 · FFRF and Americans United have ensured that creationist myths will no longer be taught at an online Ohio public charter school based out of Akron. A concerned parent of an Ohio Distance & Electronic Learning Academy student contacted FFRF to report the school's biology classes … More »

FFRF pushes for secular school supplies (August 18, 2017)

8/18/2017 · FFRF has ensured that an elementary school in Texas will no longer be partnering with a religious organization for school supplies. It was reported to FFRF that Glen Rose Elementary School in Glen Rose, Texas, had partnered with a Christian organization, School Tool Box, to … More »

Missouri school coach won’t give prayers (August 15, 2017)

8/15/2017 · FFRF has put the kibosh on coach-led prayers at a school district in Shelbina, Mo. It was reported to FFRF that the South Shelby High School football coach, Rob Wilt, was leading prayers with student-athletes after games last year. FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott wrote to … More »

Superintendent won’t lead prayers in Texas (August 11, 2017)

8/11/2017 · FFRF was able to get a superintendent to stop leading prayers at school-related functions. FFRF learned the superintendent of Crosby Independent School District in Crosby, Texas, had led a prayer at an awards ceremony for students and led similar prayers at Crosby High School graduation … More »

Missouri school steps away from religion (August 9, 2017)

8/9/2017 · A community member contacted FFRF over a promotion of religion at Cole Camp High School in Missouri during the school's Senior Awards Night, and FFRF promptly took action. A school staff member had promoted a religious baccalaureate service scheduled immediately after the school-sponsored award … More »

Idaho school district complies with FFRF (August 7, 2017)

8/7/2017 · FFRF has ensured that a school district in Twin Falls, Idaho, will keep religion out of its assemblies. A district parent reported to FFRF that in February all district secondary schools in the Twin Falls School District held a mandatory student assembly featuring a guest … More »

FFRF ends prayers at Michigan school (August 3, 2017)

8/3/2017 · After learning of a state/church violation that occurred at Delton Kellogg Schools in Michigan, FFRF took action to ensure religious rituals are kept out of school events. FFRF was informed that the district held a Veterans Day concert in November 2016 at Delton Kellogg High … More »

FFRF turns off Georgia school’s Christian music (August 3, 2017)

8/3/2017 · FFRF has ensured that a teacher at Whitewater Middle School in Gainesville, Ga., has changed his tune and will keep religion out of his classroom. A parent of a student attending the middle school informed FFRF that an eighth-grade science teacher, Matthew Mundock, was playing … More »

Pennsylvania manor gets secular makeover (August 1, 2017)

8/1/2017 · The Palmyra Interfaith Manor in Lebanon, Penn., has removed a large collection of Christian iconography that had decorated its common areas. A resident of the manor reported to FFRF that Latin crosses, angels and depictions of Mary, Joseph and Jesus decorated the lobby and community … More »

Wisconsin school ends religious ties (August 1, 2017)

8/1/2017 · FFRF has snipped the ties between a Wisconsin elementary school and a religious financial firm. It was brought to the attention of FFRF that Bristol Elementary School in Bristol, Wis., had partnered with Thrivent Financial, a Christian financial services firm that openly discriminates based on … More »

Banners removed from Georgia school (July 31, 2017)

7/31/2017 · The Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Ga., will not be promoting an evangelical group or displaying Christian symbols in its cafeteria after FFRF sent a letter over a constitutional violation. FFRF was informed by a troubled parent that two large, seemingly permanent banners showcasing Christian … More »

FFRF removes dogma from Missouri school (July 31, 2017)

7/31/2017 · The Parkway School District in Chesterfield, Mo., will not be be teaching misleading, faith-based curriculum in the future after FFRF raised constitutional and health concerns. A local faith-based organization, Thrive St. Louis, has been teaching sex education in district schools. The group operates "crisis pregnancy … More »

Michigan town ends school-endorsed prayer (July 28, 2017)

7/28/2017 · FFRF has taken action to ensure that students in Breitung Township Schools in Kingsford, Mich., will no longer be socially pressured into participating in religious rituals. This past spring, the district’s Eighth-Grade Dinner Dance included a prayer that students were instructed to recite before a … More »

FFRF fixes up Texas school’s religion policy (July 27, 2017)

7/27/2017 · A Texas high school will no longer be using graduation events to unconstitutionally promote Christianity after FFRF contacted the school district over several state/church violations. FFRF was informed that the graduation events at Big Sandy High School were laced with religion. During a senior banquet … More »

FFRF nixes religion from state event (July 26, 2017)

7/26/2017 · FFRF has ensured that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services will not entangle itself with religion when sponsoring events. The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Southwest Wisconsin (ADRC) sponsored a dementia workshop on June 15 exclusively for faith community leaders. Religion was advertised in … More »

Bible banished from view at Virginia college (July 25, 2017)

7/25/2017 · The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine has removed a religious text from a display after receiving a warning letter from FFRF. An employee reached out to FFRF over a bible being displayed on the table outside the office of the director of the teaching hospital. … More »

School bus advertising Jesus hits roadblock (July 24, 2017)

7/24/2017 · A public school bus rolling through Tennessee will no longer be doubling as Christian propaganda on wheels. A concerned resident informed FFRF that a school bus for the Bedford County School District in Shelbyville, Tenn., was showcasing a large bumper sticker that read, "Easter … More »

California post office tosses prayers (July 21, 2017)

7/21/2017 · A U.S. post office plant in Richmond, Calif., has agreed to end government-endorsed prayers after receiving a letter from FFRF. At a potluck held by the post office plant in December 2016, a pre-meal prayer was led "in Jesus' name." At a luncheon four days … More »

Kansas school agrees to be religiously inclusive (July 20, 2017)

7/20/2017 · A Kansas school district superintendent has agreed to restrain himself from praying with his employees at school functions. A concerned employee informed FFRF that at an awards meeting for retiring staff, Independence Unified School District Superintendent Rusty Arnold asked the audience to join him in … More »

FFRF seals up victory in Florida post office (July 20, 2017)

7/20/2017 · A U.S. post office in Miami, Fla., will no longer be unconstitutionally promoting religion after receiving a letter from FFRF. FFRF was informed that a poster reading, "To all South Florida District Employees who have been called to serve, our thoughts and prayers are with … More »

Christian radio station on bus gets turned off (July 18, 2017)

7/18/2017 · FFRF commends a Wisconsin school district for turning off a Christian broadcasting station on a school bus. Early in the spring, FFRF Legal Fellow Ryan Jayne sent a letter to the Stevens Point Area Public School District due to concerns over a bus driver who … More »

Ohio county’s plan ends over faith-based services (July 18, 2017)

7/18/2017 · FFRF has stopped an Ohio county's attempt to divert public dollars to exclusively religious organizations. In August, it was brought to FFRF's attention that Cuyahoga County had issued a "request for proposal" so that it could offer outreach services limited to faith-based organizations or coalitions … More »

University of Florida program sets it right (July 14, 2017)

7/14/2017 · FFRF has ensured that a program at the University of Florida in Gainesville will remain neutral regarding religion. FFRF contacted the university over a mandatory program it planned to implement for all undergraduate students called "UF Quest," which contained aspects that appeared to advance or … More »

Christian message replaced in Md. school (July 11, 2017)

7/11/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, an elementary school in Frederick, Md., has agreed to expunge a proselytizing message to its students. A concerned local resident informed FFRF that Lincoln Elementary had been displaying a religious sculpture in its foyer that had been donated by a Rotary Club. … More »

FFRF has religion fished out from Illinois contest (July 10, 2017)

7/10/2017 · An Illinois statewide fishing competition will not be angling for religion, thanks to FFRF. A concerned Illinois resident informed FFRF that the Illinois High School Association, in conjunction with the Fishing League Worldwide, started this year's 2017 IHSA Bass Fishing State Finals for member Illinois … More »

Indoctrination removed from hunter training (July 10, 2017)

7/10/2017 · Due to the FFRF, there won't be any Christian indoctrination permitted during official hunter training in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department facilitates hunter safety classes throughout New Hampshire. A person who contacted FFRF attended a class on April 6-8 hosted by … More »

N.C. sheriff’s office complies with FFRF (June 24, 2017)

6/24/2017 · FFRF recently sent a letter to the Ashe County Sheriff's Office, based in Jefferson, objecting to a "Time of Prayer" event it was scheduled to host on June 24. Highlighting the event was a prayer led by Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of the … More »

Ohio school will have a Christ-free school year (June 20, 2017)

6/20/2017 · A school district in Smithville, Ohio, won't be scheduling Christianity into its school calendar or holiday decorating activities anymore. Green Local Schools District featured a overtly Christian theme on its lunch calendar this past December, listing "Baby in a blanket on a bed of straw" … More »

Oklahoma school will stick to teaching facts (June 20, 2017)

6/20/2017 · FFRF has stopped an Oklahoma high school teacher from inserting anti-science, religious thought into his anatomy and physiology classes. … More »

Florida school to keep Christ out of events (June 19, 2017)

6/19/2017 · A Florida high school won't be inserting religion into future school-sponsored events after receiving a legal warning from FFRF over a Christian prayer. It was brought to FFRF's attention that the assistant principal and athletic director at Middleton High School in Tampa, Fla., had called … More »

Indiana school district says no more prayers (June 10, 2017)

6/10/2017 · An Indiana school district has promised FFRF that graduation prayers will not occur again in its schools. A concerned Elkhart Community Schools parent contacted FFRF to report that the 2016-17 graduation ceremony at the Roosevelt STEAM Academy began with a prayer. The speaker asked the … More »

Senior center to serve religious-free meals (June 8, 2017)

6/8/2017 · FFRF has ensured that a senior center in Grants, N.M., will be serving prayer-free meals from here on out. A concerned member of the Cibola Senior Center informed FFRF that the federally funded institution was instructing its members to pray before receiving meals. Although the … More »

South Carolina wrestling prayers silenced (June 7, 2017)

6/7/2017 · A high school in Honea Path, S.C., has been reminded of its obligation to stay secular after it received a warning from FFRF over an unlawful prayer delivered to the school's wrestling team this past spring. FFRF was informed that a local pastor was called … More »

Senior center reminded to keep meals secular (June 6, 2017)

6/6/2017 · A North Carolina county senior center will adhere to federal regulations against religious worship after FFRF took action on a constitutional violation over pre-lunch prayers. A concerned resident of Leon Mann Jr. Enrichment Center — based in Morehead City, N.C. — informed FFRF that a … More »

Delaware school cuts prayer from graduation (June 5, 2017)

6/5/2017 · A Delaware school district agreed to comply with its constitutional obligation to remain neutral regarding religion in its June 5 graduation ceremony, after receiving a letter from FFRF requesting that it cancel scheduled prayers. It was brought to FFRF's attention that the Woodbridge High School … More »

FFRF terminates prayer at Arizona school (June 5, 2017)

6/5/2017 · FFRF successfully stopped prayers scheduled into yet another high school's graduation ceremony, this time in Elkins, Ariz. Last spring, FFRF was informed that the Elkins High School 2016 graduation ceremony opened and closed with a Christian prayer. FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott a letter on … More »

Arizona high school to end assembly prayers (May 30, 2017)

5/30/2017 · After it was brought to FFRF's attention that an award assembly at an Arizona high school had begun and ended with a Christian prayer, action was taken to ensure the public school remains secular. During an award assembly this past spring at Harrison High School … More »

Missouri school changes graduation policy (May 25, 2017)

5/25/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, a school district in Willard, Mo., has adopted a policy to ensure that religion does not seep into future high school commencement addresses. During Willard High School's graduation ceremony this past spring, religious remarks and a prayer were given by Willard Public … More »

FFRF blows whistle on Kansas coach’s prayers (May 22, 2017)

5/22/2017 · A high school wrestling coach in Wichita, Kan., has been reminded to stay in line with the First Amendment after he unconstitutionally led a prayer during a team banquet. A concerned parent informed FFRF that, this past spring, the Wichita Northwest High School wrestling coach … More »

FFRF purges prayer from Georgia school ceremony (May 18, 2017)

5/18/2017 · After being informed of a prayer scheduled to take place at the Schley County Middle School graduation in Ellaville, Ga., FFRF raised its voice against the constitutional violation. FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell wrote to Superintendent Adam Hathaway on May 16 reminding him of the … More »

Indianapolis police to stop promoting religion (May 16, 2017)

5/16/2017 · FFRF has successfully stopped the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department from promoting religion through its government email server. FFRF was contacted by a local resident after an email to city employees was sent by IMPD Police Chief Bryan Roach in March promoting an event. The email … More »

Georgia teacher to keep God out of classroom (May 15, 2017)

5/15/2017 · An elementary school teacher in Stantonville, Ga., has been reminded of her constitutional obligation to keep her classroom secular. A parent of an Echols County Elementary School student informed FFRF that a teacher at the school had a religious sign posted in her classroom which … More »

South Dakota school keeps graduation secular (May 13, 2017)

5/13/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, a South Dakota high school kept its May graduation ceremony free of religious influence. FFRF was informed that Clark High School in Clark, S.D., scheduled prayers by a Catholic priest into its graduation ceremony. The program had included both a Catholic invocation … More »

FFRF tells Texas school to keep evangelists out (May 12, 2017)

5/12/2017 · The Pasadena Independent School District in Texas has been warned not to allow religious speakers access to a captive audience of public school students for indoctrination. The school district had hosted an in-school assembly during the school day featuring a speaker from the evangelical church, … More »

FFRF protects Texas student’s free speech (May 12, 2017)

5/12/2017 · FFRF took swift action after a student at Lakeview Middle School in The Colony, Texas, contacted the state-church watch group about a teacher requiring that he stand and participate in the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and Texas Pledge. The student, who identifies … More »

Pennsylvania schools end state-church violations (May 11, 2017)

5/11/2017 · After hearing of multiple shocking constitutional violations occurring within the Wilson School District in Pennsylvania, FFRF took action to warn the district of its duty to keep religion out of its public schools. FFRF was made aware that Wilson Southern Middle School was regularly advertising … More »

FFRF versus Trump challenges executive order against church politicking

5/10/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit on May 4 challenging his "religious liberty" executive order as it pertains to church politicking. FFRF and its co-presidents, Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, are plaintiff s. The suit names as defendants President Trump and John … More »

Florida city’s prayer breakfast gets updated (May 8, 2017)

5/8/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, the city of Winter Haven, Fla., ended its endorsement of religion through the annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast in May. It was brought to FFRF's attention that Mayor Steven Hunnicutt planned on hosting the annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast to recognize the National Day … More »

Religious poster taken down in Indiana class (May 8, 2017)

5/8/2017 · A religious poster has been taken off display in Hillcrest High School, in Ammon, Ind. The framed poster of "A Wrestler's Prayer" was hanging on one of the teacher's classroom walls. FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell sent a letter to Bonneville Joint School District No. … More »

Washington yogurt shop ends church discounts (May 5, 2017)

5/5/2017 · Revelations Yogurt in Edmonds, Wash. will no longer be dishing up its party room free to church groups after FFRF contacted the establishment over its religious discrimination. FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell wrote to the Revelations Yogurt management on April 27, after a customer gave … More »

Bible distribution in Texas school to stop (May 4, 2017)

5/4/2017 · An evangelical group will no longer be invading Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas, after FFRF got involved with the state-church violation. A parent of a student in the school district informed FFRF that members of Gideons International were permitted to enter the school's cafeteria … More »

Texas teacher gets constitutional lesson (May 3, 2017)

5/3/2017 · A teacher at Texas' Fannin Middle School will be promoting science rather than Christianity, thanks to FFRF's action. Eric Sheen, an eighth-grade science teacher at the school, had been promoting anti-science curriculum and Christian propaganda. A concerned parent had informed FFRF that Sheen had showed … More »

Religious hymns silenced at Connecticut school (May 3, 2017)

5/3/2017 · Students at John B. Sliney Elementary School in Branford, Conn., will no longer be forced to sing religious songs after FFRF raised its voice in opposition. It was brought to FFRF's attention that the school's music teacher, Ted Samodel, had been teaching spiritual songs to … More »

Florida school ends religious baccalaureate (May 1, 2017)

5/1/2017 · FFRF took action after being informed that a high school in Pierson, Fla., had scheduled a graduation ceremony at a church. A member of the Volusia County School District informed FFRF that the T. Dewitt Taylor Middle-High School official website encouraged graduating seniors to attend … More »

Texas school to address religious decorations (May 1, 2017)

5/1/2017 · McKinney North High School in Texas has been given a secular makeover after FFRF was informed of religious symbols and messages decorating the walls of hallways and classrooms in the school. These messages included a football poster with a biblical quote, a varied collection … More »

Georgia school won’t promote religious group (April 25, 2017)

4/25/2017 · FFRF has taken on All Pro Dad, a religious organization, once again, this time at a Georgia elementary school. A concerned parent of a student in the Barrow County School System contacted FFRF about the promotion of All Pro Dad events at Statham Elementary School … More »

FFRF gets police station prayer display removed (April 13, 2017)

4/13/2017 · A huge prayer display has been removed from a Wisconsin police station thanks to FFRF intervening on behalf of the Constitution. A concerned area resident contacted FFRF to report that the Onalaska Police Department had a large religious display on the wall of a public … More »

Montana youth minister deterred from schools (April 7, 2017)

4/7/2017 · Religious leaders will no longer be permitted to prey upon school children for proselytization in Montana's Missouri's Forsyth R-III Schools after FFRF raised alarm. It was brought to FFRF's concern that a youth minister, Jeffrey Barrikman, from First Baptist Church, was given special access to … More »

Soccer coach to stay hands and prayer-free (March 30, 2017)

3/30/2017 · A California high school soccer coach will be keeping his hands and blessings off athletes after FFRF blew the whistle on the constitutional foul. It was brought to FFRF's attention by a concerned community member that the coach was leading his players in prayer before … More »

Michigan town removes religious memorial (March 29, 2017)

3/29/2017 · FFRF and the Center For Inquiry were informed by a local resident of Alto, Mich., of an unconstitutional cross memorial monument at Alto Veterans Park. The memorial displayed a black cutout of a soldier kneeling and a Christian cross. FFRF Managing Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert and … More »

Prayers silenced by FFRF in Georgia school (March 23, 2017)

3/23/2017 · Two teachers at Jones-Wheat Elementary School in Georgia's Decatur County Schools District will no longer be teaching students to pray after FFRF got involved. A concerned parent contacted FFRF to report that their child had recited prayers at home that they had learned in school. … More »

FFRF sues Texas judge to end courtroom prayer practice

3/22/2017 · FFRF filed a lawsuit against Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack on March 21, 2017, due to his refusal to end the practice of opening each of his court sessions with chaplain-led prayer. FFRF is joined by several local plaintiffs, including Jane Doe and … More »

FFRF shuts off Colorado school’s marquee (March 20, 2017)

3/20/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, a Colorado public high school's digital marquee will no longer display advertisements for Orchard Church. Since 2012, Prairie View High School has permanently displayed the sign promoting a Christian message. It was donated by the church as a way of showcasing the … More »

California schools’ religious promotion ends (March 18, 2017)

3/18/2017 · Two instances of unconstitutional religious promotion by staff in California's Del Norte County Unified School District were brought to FFRF's attention. A weekly bulletin distributed to staff at Del Norte High School and put on display in the school's hallway contained a religious saying at … More »

New Mexico museum film to be properly replaced (March 14, 2017)

3/14/2017 · Starting this spring, the Bradbury Science Museum in New Mexico will show a new film to replace a movie that unnecessarily endorsed religion and distorted historical fact. FFRF was informed by several concerned citizens across the country of religious imagery in a movie being shown … More »

FFRF stops promotion of creationist ‘science’ (March 13, 2017)

3/13/2017 · Promotion of false, creationist "science" will no longer be undermining the education of students in the Rusk Independent School District in Texas. A concerned school district community member brought it to FFRF's attention that the Rusk Junior High School principal had gathered students in the … More »

Sheriff’s department deletes religious page (March 6, 2017)

3/6/2017 · The Matagorda County Sheriff's Department in Texas will no longer be posting religious messages online after FFRF stepped in. A local county resident informed FFRF that the department had regularly been posing religious messages, such as bible verses and prayers, on its Facebook page. While … More »

Florida teacher stops praying with students (March 3, 2017)

3/3/2017 · Florida's Walton County School District put an end to classroom prayers in its public elementary school after FFRF got involved. A concerned district family informed FFRF that a teacher at West DeFuniak Elementary was imposing prayer on her third-grade class. The year before, the teacher … More »

FFRF ends Christian music at Texas school (March 1, 2017)

3/1/2017 · A teacher at a Texas public high school will no longer be evangelizing students by forcing them to listen to religious music in her class, thanks to FFRF's involvement. A concerned student contacted FFRF about a teacher at the Trenton High School who would broadcast … More »

FFRF suit removes 14-foot cross from park in Santa Clara, Calif.

3/1/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, with member Andrew DeFaria, sued the City of Santa Clara, Calif., on April 20, 2016, to remove a large Latin cross from a city park. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District … More »

School’s ‘debate’ over creationism ended (February 21, 2017)

2/21/2017 · Faculty in a Texas school district will no longer be weaseling Christianity into its curriculum after FFRF attorneys took action. Mark Sevarino, biology teacher at McKinney North High School, had distributed a written assignment to students setting up two sides of a debate about whether … More »

Georgia school won’t allow proselytizing (February 16, 2017)

2/16/2017 · A Christian organization won't be allowed to continue proselytizing students during lunch hours at schools in the Baldwin County School District in Georgia after FFRF got involved. FFRF was informed that members of Young Life, a religious organization whose mission involves "introducing adolescents to Jesus … More »

Texas school gets First Amendment lesson (February 15, 2017)

2/15/2017 · Students at a Texas school will not be coerced into receiving bibles as part of a misinformed lesson on "free speech" after FFRF contacted the College Station Independent School District about the constitutional violation. It was brought to FFRF's attention that a social studies teacher … More »

FFRF victory: New Kensington-Arnold Sch. Dist. removes Ten Commandments monument

2/15/2017 · FFRF and a parent filed suit on Sept. 14, 2012, against the New Kensington-Arnold School District (Pa.) to challenge a six-foot-tall Ten Commandments monument in front of Valley High School. FFRF wrote to the District in March of 2012 requesting the monument be moved … More »

Latin cross removed from Texas classroom (February 13, 2017)

2/13/2017 · FFRF reminded the Lewisville Independent School District in Texas that employees must not endorse their personal spiritual beliefs to students through religious displays. A community member informed FFRF that a cross was visibly hanging in a classroom of Arbor Creek Middle School promoting the teacher's … More »

FFRF gets Texas coaches to stop prayers (February 9, 2017)

2/9/2017 · FFRF learned that coaches in Texas' Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District were illegally participating in prayers with its student-athletes. Coaches from Byron P. Steele II High School, Samuel Clemens High School and Ray D. Corbett Junior High School had engaged in prayers. Staff Attorney Sam Grover … More »

Virginia city cancels visit to ‘Ark Park’ (February 7, 2017)

2/7/2017 · FFRF has dissuaded a Virginia city’s park and rec department from hosting a trip to the infamous “Ark Park” and creationist museum. A resident informed FFRF that the Christiansburg Parks and Recreation Department was arranging a visit in early April to the Ark Encounter and … More »

Angel statue removed from Indiana park (February 6, 2017)

2/6/2017 · FFRF was informed that a statue of an angel with its hands clasped in prayer had been put up in a public park in Kokomo, Ind. The display conferred government endorsement of Christianity over all other faiths or no faith. FFRF Legal Fellow Madeline Ziegler … More »

Religious program ends at Illinois school (February 3, 2017)

2/3/2017 · FFRF took action to end a partnership between the Decatur Public Schools District in Illinois and two local churches after learning of a constitutional violation. The school district had partnered with Glad Tidings Church and Tabernacle Baptist Church for six half-day retreats at the churches. … More »

Florida judge says to dismiss prayer case (February 3, 2017)

2/3/2017 · A Florida judge says a prayer lawsuit against a high school athletic league should be tossed out. FFRF filed an amicus brief in the case. U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Amanda Arnold Sansone issued a Feb. 3 recommendation to dismiss a case brought by Cambridge … More »

Louisiana coaches warned about proselytizing (February 1, 2017)

2/1/2017 · In Louisiana, the Caldwell Parish High School football team's coaches have been warned not to promote religion to the team in the future. FFRF was informed that a coach had been taking the team to church. The coach had also been exposing the athletes to … More »

FFRF, member prevail in censorship lawsuit against Shelton, Conn.

2/1/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, with member Jerome H. Bloom, filed suit March 22, 2016, in U.S. District Court, Connecticut, against the city of Shelton and its mayor and parks director after their request to put up a display in a city park was … More »

Illinois staff won’t join in school gospel choir (January 25, 2017)

1/25/2017 · An Illinois school district has confirmed to FFRF that its staff members will not remain involved in a school gospel choir. FFRF initially contacted the Oak Park and River Forest High in December after a local community member informed the organization that there was a … More »

Religious promotion ended at Texas school (January 24, 2017)

1/24/2017 · A parent with a child in Victoria School District in Texas contacted FFRF to report instances of religious promotion at Ella Schorlemmer Elementary School. A Christian prayer was part of the school's Veterans Day celebration and a teacher at the elementary school incorporated religious … More »

No more religious flyers in school district (January 24, 2017)

1/24/2017 · An Indiana school district has pledged to FFRF that it will not permit the distribution of fundamentalist flyers to its students. A resident contacted FFRF to inform it that staff at Yankeetown Elementary School in Newburgh, Ind., were distributing ultrareligious flyers to third- and fourth-grade … More »

Kentucky school educated on First Amendment (January 19, 2017)

1/19/2017 · Educators at Grant County Schools in Kentucky have been reminded of their responsibility to uphold the First Amendment's requirement that they not proselytize religion. FFRF was alerted to a published nativity display in the high school's newsletter, accompanied with the phrase "Merry Christmas." FFRF Managing … More »

FFRF, parent, sue to end 75 years of bible classes in W.Va. school system

1/18/2017 ·  FFRF filed a civil rights lawsuit against Mercer County Schools on January 18, 2017, over the school system's egregiously unconstitutional "Bible in the Schools" classes for elementary school students. Joining FFRF as primary plaintiffs in the case are Jane Doe, an atheist and member … More »

Louisiana city changes prayer breakfast (January 17, 2017)

1/17/2017 · The city of Zachary, La., has changed its rules to ensure that its annual "Mayor's Prayer Breakfast" will no longer violate the First Amendment by receiving city endorsement. The city's website promoted the annual breakfast as a "Christian event," which was held in a church. … More »

FFRF gets apology for coach’s public piety (January 13, 2017)

1/13/2017 · An Illinois school district has apologized to FFRF for a coach's participation in prayer gatherings at school events. On Dec. 26, 2016, after a basketball game between Vandalia Community High School and Pana High School, Coach Brian Buscher took part in a prayer circle with … More »

Alabama school’s Christian promotion ends (January 12, 2017)

1/12/2017 · An Auburn, Ala., elementary school assured FFRF that it will not be promoting Christianity or a religious group. Dean Road Elementary School distributed flyers and used social media postings to promote "All Pro Dad" events, which the school was hosting throughout the school year. All … More »

Symbols removed from Nevada school (January 11, 2017)

1/11/2017 · Religious artwork hanging on the office wall of Bob Miller Middle School in Henderson, Nev., has been taken down after FFRF took action on a complaint. The organization received a report that a cross and a reference to Jesus were being displayed on the BMMS … More »

FFRF gets Ohio council to change invocation (January 6, 2017)

1/6/2017 · FFRF was able to get the Upper Arlington City Council in Ohio to amend its rules to comply with the Constitution. FFRF received a complaint that the council was having government officials lead invocations at the beginning of its meetings when a local minister was … More »

Ohio nativity display banished by FFRF (December 28, 2017)

12/28/2016 · A nativity display was removed from an Ohio public high school's property after FFRF took action. It was brought to FFRF's attention that a December nativity scene had been put up for the second year in a row at Buckeye Local High School in Rayland. … More »

No more religious radio to be aired at school (December 22, 2016)

12/22/2016 · A community member contacted FFRF to report that a radio in the front office of Osceola (Wis.) Intermediate School regularly played a Christian station loudly enough for everyone passing by to hear. The station was St. Paul-based 98.5 KTIS, which describes itself as a … More »

Nativity scene removed from public park (December 22, 2016)

12/22/2016 · On behalf of a local resident, FFRF recently wrote to the North Carolina town of Butner objecting to a nativity scene in a public park that had been placed there for years around Christmas. It was a large exhibit prominently displayed across from the … More »

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